Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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Shelby Calhoun, Jamie Kenealy, Jordan Bridges, Elena Koch, Jessica Gaalswyk and Sarah Silber get to cap off their high school basketball careers as no other class of Farmington senior girls has -- as Missota Conference champions. The Tigers (22-3) led from start to finish in Friday night's regular season finale against conference co-leader New Prague and earned a share of the program's first Missota Conference championship with a 56-37 thumping of the Trojans in front of a large Senior Night crowd at Tiger Gym. Shakopee and Chanhassen joined Farmington as conference tri-champions.
Farmington's Kiana Lord finished sixth in the balance beam and 19th out of 31 competitors in the all-around with a score of 36.675 at the Class 2A State Gymnastics Meet held Saturday at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavillion. Teammate Nadia Lorencz added a 10th-place showing out of 31 competitors in the vault. Her best score in the event was a 9.65. Senior Terra Klima closed out her career with a 26th-place effort in the uneven bars.
While Rochester Century was pulling away for another Section 1AA team championship, Farmington put a stronghold on second place and qualified six events for next week's Class 2A State Meet Saturday at the Rochester Rec Center. The Tigers scored 322 points, 75 off the pace set by the Panthers. Senior Tyler Magalis punched his state ticket by breaking own school record in the one-meter dive with a score of 496.45.
Top-seeded Lakeville South advanced to the Section 1A finals with a 7-0 shutout of Farmington Saturday afternoon at the Rochester Rec Center. Farmington, the tournament's fifth seed, finished with a record of 14-13.
Farmington senior Carl Elmer qualified for his third straight Class 3A State Wrestling Meet by winning the 140-pound championship at Saturday's section meet. Elmer advanced to the finals with a 15-7 decision, then won the finals by an 8-3 score. The state tournament gets underway Thursday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Six different players scored goals as Farmington advanced past Rochester John Marshall 6-1 in the Section 1AA boys hockey tournament Thursday night at the Rochester Rec Center. The Tigers, winners of five in a row, take on top-seeded Lakeville South in the semifinals Saturday morning in Rochester. Goaltender Victor Simones stopped 29 shots for Farmington, which avenged a 7-1 loss to John Marshall earlier this season.
Northfield edged Farmington 63-59 Friday night in the second overtime game this season between the Highway 3 rivals. In the first matchup of the season it was Northfield that had to overcome a 13-point halftime deficit to force overtime in an eventual 50-49 loss at Tiger Gym. In the rematch, the Raiders squandered an eight-point lead late in the second half only to take control back and outscore the Tigers 6-2 in overtime. The Tigers mounted the comeback without scoring leader Alex Michels, who fouled out with four minutes left.
After two weeks of preparation, the Farmington dance team improved from 13th to seventh at the Section 1AAA Championships, held last Saturday at Bloomington Kennedy. "They really brought a strong performance to the floor," Farmington coach Shelby Kuphal said. "We're going in the right direction and are able to set goals for next year based off of our scores. We know what we have to do and understand the time and committment it requires. It was the perfect way to end our season."
Farmington is making a habit out of spoiling its opponents' Senior Nights. The suddenly streaking Tigers closed out the regular season last Thursday night with a 3-2 win over Red Wing on the Wingers' Senior Night. The Tigers' fourth straight win also vaulted them into a third-place tie with the Wingers in the final Missota Conference standings.
Junior Taylor Meyer scored her 1,000th career point with a free throw early in the first half and Farmington went on to win its school-record 20th game of the season, 53-42 over Northfield Friday night at Tiger Gym. The game wasn't as close as the final score would indicate. The Tigers held Northfield scoreless over the first five-plus minutes and led 29-9 at the break.